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Anders L. and I woke early again today to go for another walk. This time we decided to go East. Our original plan was to sit in a beautiful scenic spot on work on our Inquiry Projects but that did not happen. Just by 7 am, not 6: 59 am this time, we sent the confirmation text and walked over the "line". As we decided to go East from Yangzhouran we had to pass the Ficus Tree and the Linden Centre. We stopped on a gravel road past the Linden Centre and watched the beautiful sunrise and took some amazing photos.

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It is time for me to reflect and reminisce back to the reasons why I wanted to embark on this journey.

I have lived China for ten years of my life and my exposure to “Chinese history” has been generally limited to large suburban areas, with travel experiences usually restricted to short-term revelations of my host country.

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Today I was the Daily Meeting Facilitator. Every day we have a daily meeting where we share updates on our committee work, Inquiry work, school work, and also our Microcampus Schedule. For every meeting, there is Facilitator and a Minute Taker. Basically, if I were the Minute Taker for a meeting, at the next meeting I will be the Facilitator. Since my fellow peer was unavailable, I skipped the minute taker job and became the Meeting Facilitator, well I am still being the minute taker next meeting though.

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Connect Four, 8th Grades, Sweet BaBa, and Alaskan Billy Goats

Those were the four-team competing against each other in the trivia. The Alaskan Billy was really powerful leading with 72 points, the Connect Four with 70 points. the Sweet BaBa with 59 points (us), and the poor Eight Grades with 13 points,

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Today our special evening activity was a six hour and forty minute hike. A hike which seemed endless. The first part of the hike was going straight uphill. For about an hour and a half, we went up a 600-meter vertical climb. It was a huge challenge as we were carrying a heavy pack back on our back. What helped us climb up to the Jade Belt was when we started listing words from a letter of the alphabet. This took our mind off the task and it was really nice. The second part was when we started walking on a flat road, which actually seemed endless, for hours and hours.

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Today's a day of celebrating the successful completion of our service learning as well as the past days of staying in Xizhou. It is showing gratitude and appreciating the Xizhou community for supporting our stay. There will be a number of guests from a variety of connections our group has made as a whole. I am both excited and nervous to share our video because we have put in a significant amount of effort for the past few days and playing the video in front of Mr. Du, our service-learning partner. 

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For Wellness, a peer and I visited the temple nearby. One was entirely Buddhist while the other one was a temple worshipping a local god. Although my family is Buddhist, I never had a strong faith or connection to religion. My view towards religion was not the most positive, and sometimes I was just indifferent to it. However, for an unknown reason, I felt very calm and peaceful today when I visited those two temples. 

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Yesterday, we had a lot of downtime. I spent most of the time with Sunny Q. and Austin Z. to play cards, then went out and chatted with some of the members in the Xizhou community near the temple. Later, I spent still time on the terrace and looked at this one frail plant surviving on the roof. It seemed lost and lonely, as its leaves flushed in the wind. For evening activity, we finished Kungfu panda 3 and a few of us became addicted to the song "Kungfu fighting".

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The altitude was high and the winds are wild on the mountains. Our 6-hour hike ended as we dashed down the stairs, eager to find a place to halt our sore legs. The hike started off by climbing a steep hill for 2 hours. We pushed up the rocky roads with force and effort to reach a temple that was above 260 meters from our starting point. As I exerted my force on each step, sweat started to form on my back, soon drenching my T-shirt in haphazard shapes. The moments of gulping down water were such a relief and a temporary escape from the aridness of the land.

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Yesterday was our last regular day of Microcampus. Today is the last Saturday and the beginning of the last weekend. We are starting the lastest. The last Sunday, the last laundry day, the last dish duty. 

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Yesterday for wellness Brandt, Sunny, Sonia and I decided that we needed more photos of Xizhou. So we went out and walked around Xizhou taking pictures. We first went to Sufanjie and took a lot of pictures of the square. Sadly to the square was crowded and we were not able to get a lot of good photos. Hopefully, we can go back and get more pictures because the square was lovely. The ample open space with the big gate is the superb place for a public space. After that, we went downs a thin alleyway with a lot of cool shops placed at the sides.

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Yesterday for evening activity we went to Dali old town. Its the tourist hub of the area and we had to be on our best behavior and we all very lucky to go. We got dropped off at the corner of the town, and we got let off with 1 hour and 20 minutes to eat and explore. We walked around a bit, and it was surprising to see a big group of people around (mostly because we have not seen something like that in 3 weeks). The town was a lot different from our home in Xizhou because of all the tourist shops and chains.

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Today was the first day I was the Daily Meeting Facilitator. Every day we have a daily meeting, and this is an organized time to listen and to relay information to everyone. This is where the committee can share updates and make sure everyone knows who is doing laundry of dish duty for the day after. Mr.T can give feedback to how everyone is dong on there work or spread out a timeline, so we are all prepared for the days ahead. Anyway, for this meeting, there is a minute take and a facilitator.

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